Love - Love is the Heart Sutra
by Shalan Savur
Good morning, sweet friends. It is a beautiful dawn completely cleansed of yesterday’s dark discriminations, blue broodings, grey sadness and black bigotry. The dew-spruced skies generously offer the bright sparkle of hope and optimism. The great good sun readily lends lustrous support with her radiance of warm, easy camaraderie. Ahhh, so artistically conceived is the divine plan that the very air we breathe in is a singing shloka. To be born is to be committed to the rhythm of the shloka.
Any affliction, any illness is a symptom of the rhythm interrupted, of being out of sync with the natural or universal flow of life. And what interrupts this rhythm? Constant lethargy, idleness, lack of focus, aimlessness, restless desires, simmering anger and so on. That is, any negativity, any discontent constantly dwelt upon, acted upon, expressed, disrupts this pranic rhythm.
And what is the route back to this rhythm? Practising cheerful, loving kindness. It is the only antidote that works because the subtle infrastructure of life is designed with divine love. And everything that unravels from it is destined for love. Love is the heart sutra.
The heart whispers, “Please live without arguing, cursing, quarrelling, wounding. Please do not be in a state of perpetual irritation because everything and everybody is not perfect, or the way you want them to be.” The heart urges, “Smile spontaneously at everything with sweet benevolence. Sunnily accept all people around you as your own.” The heart sutra chants: make lovingness your means of communication as you are a love-design.
Make a start now, beloveds. The now is a multi-treasured gift wrapped in splendorous promise. Unwrap this gift with a sweet, warm, cheerful, lilting greeting from the heart. To all, say a merry, “Good morning!” in the joyous tones of well-wishing fellowship. Make this your interactive morning mantra. Let it spill effortlessly from your heart, off your tongue, a fresh minty gust of breeze reaching out exuberantly.
From now on, let us understand that there are no strangers, there are only chips of the same divine block. You are my cosmic cousin and I yours. We belong beyond mere bloodlines; we belong on pranic-lines. We share a marvellous lineage, beloveds. The divine is our ancestor, our source, our substance. We share the same consciousness suffused with infinite peace, infinite love, infinite power, infinite joy, infinite potential, infinite genius. Why renounce this, our magnificent heritage, our divine heritage for the paltry artificial entrapments of religions, castes, communities, nationalities?
Come, my dear ones, let us resolve to establish lovingness in this world. Let us walk through life without harming or hurting anyone. Let us establish the spirit of oneness that ushers in loving serenity and bliss into the world.
The most ancient language in the world is the language of love. The most modern language in the world is also the language of love. You need not always say “I love you”. Sometimes you can demonstrate through a gesture, through teasing, through a hug, through the expression in your eyes, through a myriad thoughtful little actions including leaving your loved one alone when she or he desires solitude. You don’t even have to go out into the world to express your love. You can sit exactly where you are and emanate vibrations of love through your thoughts, visualizations, and imagination. Come, let’s do it now…
Be silent. Still all thoughts. Close your eyes. Evoke an expansive feeling of lovingness, a powerful affection toward every being in and out of this world. Imagine that you are radiating shining vibrations of good health, good wishes to all.Visualise the vibrations reaching everybody and bathing their insides with a luminous, positive, healing energy. If danger stalks them, your vibrations form a safe, strong shield around them. If they are ill, your vibrations soothe them into wellness. If they are in financial distress, your vibrations bless them with the right resources. If they are in depression, your vibrations render them full of joy. If they are mentally imbalanced, your vibrations restore their equilibrium. To each and every being, you send loving vibrations of health, wealth, happiness, vitality, vibrancy, painlessness, effortlessness. Visualise them absorbing the healing rays and rising, standing, walking, the lines of pain and suffering eased out of their faces… Now, open your eyes.
For a few moments, your surroundings will appear brighter, sharper, more etched. This is because you are seeing through your consciousness, not through your mind. In these brief moments, your mind has forgotten your problems, memories, preoccupations and indignities. That’s how you are able to see from a deep, inner, divine, pure essence. This is consciousness, a realm of great peace and joyous aliveness. It is as if your perception has become transparent allowing the inner light to shine through with clear incandescence. This incandescence too is love.
The writer is co-author of the book, Fitness for Life and teacher of the Fitness for Life programme.
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